V.O. Key’s Southern Politics in State and Nation aimed to take a comprehensive look at the inner workings of the South’s infamous political institutions. Perhaps Key’s most important thesis was that support for economic and social conservatism was by no means uniform over the Solid South. In observing the impoverished state of many lower-class whites througout the South, Key noted that “”the South ought, by all the rules of political behavior, to be radical.””